Ordinary-looking house in Wales has an incredible hidden Asian garden

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THIS Welsh home looks like any other four-bedroom property – but it’s hiding an incredible secret.

In the back lies a stunning Japanese-style garden, complete with pagodas, waterfalls and even a koi pond.

Homeowner Don Knight created a stunning Japanese-style garden at his home in in Llantwit Major, Wales
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Homeowner Don Knight created a stunning Japanese-style garden at his home in in Llantwit Major, Wales[/caption]

The house looks perfectly ordinary from the front
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The house looks perfectly ordinary from the front[/caption]

Homeowner Don Knight spent £40,000 and five years transforming the urban patch of land in Llantwit Major into an Asian-themed idyll.

The garden has traditional torii entrance gates, Buddha statues and three different water features.

Mr Knight, who spent £30,000 on the koi pond alone, says the garden is a full-time job.

He told Wales Online: “Every penny I get I spend on my garden. I don’t even want to think about my electricity bill – the pond has five pumps.

Every penny I get I spend on my garden


Homeowner Don Knight

“On days off I spend 12 hours there. I used to work away from Monday to Friday and as soon as I came back before I went into the kitchen I would go to check my bonsai. I’m in the garden even when it’s raining.”

He is passionate about bonsai trees and has more than 50-hand designed plants in the garden.

Mr Knight prunes European plants into the design of bonsai, and can sometimes reduce 40ft trees down to just 12ins.

His efforts have made the garden hugely popular, with 140 people visiting on an open day last year.

It is part of the National Open Garden Scheme which raises money for charity.


Don said: “People are gobsmacked, I can assure you. I’ve had people come from Somerset and Ireland.

“I’ve had emails saying that the garden is the best [they’ve] seen. It’s not a big garden by any means but it’s an interesting garden.”

A couple in Walsall spent 37 years and more than £15,000 transforming their back garden into a beautiful oasis.

Mr Knight spent £40,000 and five years transforming the garden
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Mr Knight spent £40,000 and five years transforming the garden[/caption]

Homeowner Don Knight
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Homeowner Don Knight[/caption]

It has pagodas, waterfalls and even a koi pond
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It has pagodas, waterfalls and even a koi pond[/caption]

The garden has lots of Buddha statues
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The garden has lots of Buddha statues[/caption]

The garden has traditional torii entrance gates, Buddha statues and three different water features
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The garden has traditional torii entrance gates, Buddha statues and three different water features[/caption]

140 people visited on an open day last year
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140 people visited on an open day last year[/caption]

It is part of the National Open Garden Scheme which raises money for charity
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It is part of the National Open Garden Scheme which raises money for charity[/caption]


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